Milan’s M5 metro line completed

Last station at Tre Torri to open Saturday 14 November.

Only days behind schedule, Tre Torri station will open at 06.00 on Saturday 14 November to add the final touch to Milan’s metro line M5.

Planned for opening during Expo Milan 2015, Tre Torri is the last of the 19 stations to open along the “purple line”, which stretches almost 13 km through the city centre from Bignani to S. Siro stadium.

Along the way, the fully automatic, driverless trains will connect to the university, Niguarda and CTO hospitals, and a wide range of other urban transport networks, especially at Garibaldi station. The ride from end to end takes less than 30 minutes.

The first stretch of the line, seven stations from Bignami to Zara, was opened to the public on 10 February 2013.

Opting in to city hall’s new programme of sponsorship for metro stations, Tre Torri is dedicated to Generali and Allianz insurance companies, with offices close to the station. They will pay €5 million over a ten-year period for exclusive rights to advertising in the station, but will not exercise the option to have the station’s official title changed to include their names.

Announcing the opening date, city councillor Pierfrancesco Maran said city hall was particularly proud to confirm that M5 had been completed without involving extra costs.

Maran also said a plan is being considered for a future extension of the line northwards into the Brianza region at the foot of the Alps. No timeframe has been set for this plan.